Maria Brown, a former employee of Nutt & McAlister, a law firm that was and is a key player in Katrina litigation as part of the Scruggs Katrina Group, has sued the firm for employment discrimination, breach of contract and other claims. Click here to read a copy of the lawsuit, and click here to read the exhibits to the complaint. Let’s remember these are just allegations and are only one side of the story — here’s what the lawsuit alleges:
The firm knowingly kept electronic records of State Farm claims documents that had been ordered returned by Judge William Acker in a December 2006 preliminary injunction. You may recall that Dickie Scruggs’ failure to promptly return his copies of the same documents resulted in his ongoing prosecution for alleged criminal contempt of court in Alabama. When Brown complained about the keeping of the records, she was told it was OK because the documents were in the public domain.
“The overall environment was saturated with sex which consisted of sexual innuendoes, sexual acts, on-line masturbation, payments for sexual favors performed in the broom closet, sexual overtures and adultery.”
The firm promised to pay off the $85,000 she owed on her home as a bonus for working hard, but than paid her only $5,000 from Katrina proceeds.
Brown was sexually harassed, including by being presented a picture of the genitalia of a male member of the firm. This person then asked her for a picture of her genitalia. She declined. She informed management of the harassment but they did nothing about it.
She was terminated for complaining about the sexual harassment and the “illegal activity . . . with regard to Judge Acker’s Preliminary Injunction.”
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